Week 7 Waiver Wire: Who's Worth Picking Up This Week?

Matt Stein@MatthewJSteinCorrespondent IIOctober 16, 2011

Week 7 Waiver Wire: Who's Worth Picking Up This Week?

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    Being able to successfully work the waiver wire in fantasy football makes the difference between a championship team and a cellar dwelling team. If you've worked the waiver wire well during the first six weeks, you should be in good position coming into Week 7 of the NFL season.

    With Week 7 right around the corner, we'll take you through which players currently on the waiver wire are worth picking up.

John Beck: Quarterback, Washington Redskins

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    Goodbye Rex Grossman, hello John Beck.

    With Grossman throwing four interceptions against the Philadelphia Eagles, Beck came in and played decent enough to likely get the start next week against the Carolina Panthers.

    It was only a matter of time until Grossman imploded on himself. His poor play opens the door for Beck to lead a fairly talented offense. The Washington Redskins have been a surprising team so far this year and even though they lost to the Eagles, Beck was responsible for the only touchdown of the day for his team.

    You will definitely need to watch the battle during the week between Beck and Grossman, but if Beck wins out, he could be a savior to your team during bye weeks.

Jackie Battle: Running Back, Kansas City Chiefs

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    After an extremely impressive performance in Week 5, Jackie Battle is owned by less than 40 percent of fantasy teams.

    With Jamaal Charles out for the season and Thomas Jones looking older and older each time he carries the ball, expect Battle to get the majority of the carries for the Kansas City Chiefs in Week 7.

    The Chiefs offense is centered around running the football, so Battle will see plenty of touches next week against the Oakland Raiders.  Since the Raiders have struggled mightily with stopping the run, Battle is definitely worth a starting position on your fantasy team.

Earnest Graham: Running Back, Tampa Bay Buccaneers

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    With LeGarrette Blount out with a sprained MCL, Earnest Graham becomes the main running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. For those of you with Blount as your starting running back, Graham is a must grab player off the waiver wire this week.

    While Graham hasn't done much to warrant fantasy excitement as a backup so far this year, he was actually pretty impressive during his first start of the season. Tampa Bay is at their best when they have a balanced offense, so they should continue to try to run the ball.

    With Graham proving capable to carry the load, don't expect the Buccaneers to split carries too much between Graham and the other backs on the roster. He is also a capable receiver out of the backfield which will help him stay on the field on third downs.

    If you need a second running back to start or a player to fill your flex position, Graham is that player.

Michael Crabtree: Wide Receiver, San Francisco 49ers

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    After being a total disappoint through the first five games of the season, Michael Crabtree finally put together a respectable game against the Detroit Lions.

    We all knew the type of talent that Crabtree had coming out of college, but we have never seen him play to his full potential. With nine receptions for 77 yards, it looks like Crabtree might finally find his groove for the San Francisco 49ers.

    Even though it is difficult to trust one performance, he did look very impressive against a tough defense. The 49ers have lost numerous wide receivers to injury, so Crabtree should see more targets his way.

    If he can finally play at the level everyone knows he is capable of, he could become a legitimate No. 1 fantasy wide receiver for the up-and-coming 49ers.

Greg Salas: Wide Receiver, St. Louis Rams

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    Greg Salas, a rookie out of Hawaii, had the best game of his young career with eight receptions and 77 receiving yards.

    With Mike Sims-Walker inactive this week, Salas took full advantage of more playing time and looks like he could become Sam Bradford's top receiving target. He had more receptions than any other receiver on his team.

    Salas has great hands and also has the ability to make plays after the catch. Even though the St. Louis Rams have been pedestrian at best, Salas looks like a bright fantasy spot on the team.

Doug Baldwin: Wide Receiver, Seattle Seahawks

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    Before his bye week, Doug Baldwin had a very impressive game of 136 yards and a touchdown against a stingy New York Giants' defense. However, even with that performance, Baldwin is only owned in 24 percent of Yahoo! leagues.

    He is having quite the rookie season and it looks like he has no intention of slowing down. Even with a question mark at quarterback for the Seattle Seahawks in Week 7, Baldwin should get plenty of opportunities to make plays.

    Coming out of the bye week means that Baldwin will be rested and plenty prepared for his matchup against the Cleveland Browns. If he is still available in your league, he needs to be picked up as he is a fantastic fantasy No. 2 receiver.

Lance Kendricks: Tight End, St. Louis Rams

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    I know it is crazy to have two players from the St. Louis Rams as players you need to get off the waiver wire considering the Rams have the worst offense in the league.

    However, Kendricks looked very impressive against the Green Bay Packers and he might have finally figured this offense out. With St. Louis going to a much simpler offensive plan, Kendricks will get plenty of looks from Sam Bradford.

    He finished Week 6 with 71 receiving yards and that was only on four receptions. If he continues to progress and works off his performance from this week, he could be a very valuable substitute tight end while your starter has his bye week.

    I'm not saying that Kendricks is going to put up Jason Witten or Antonio Gates like numbers, but I am saying that he is absolutely worth a pickup, as he appears to have a grasp of the St. Louis, pass-happy offense.